Homeopathy : what is it ? - Naturopatandco


    A gentle and non-toxic medicine

    Homeopathy is a complementary medicine that uses plant, animal or mineral substances to treat oneself. These substances, called "active substances", are transformed into homeopathic medicines through successive dilutions and then vigorously shaken (dynamization) with the sole aim of eliminating undesirable effects and the risk of toxicity. The active substances can therefore be absorbed without danger because the patient ingests only minute doses. For example, the 9 CH dilution corresponds to 9 successive 100th dilutions.

    A human medicine

    Homeopathy never takes into account only one symptom. It is also interested in the origin of the illness, its expression, and the reaction of the patient.

    Why take homeopathy ?

    Homeopathy is beneficial in many conditions :

    • homeopathic medicines are effective in relieving acute ailments (colds, flu, pain, ...);
    • Homeopathic medicines are also effective in chronic conditions (anxiety, allergy, depression, ...).

    Easy to take medicines

    Homeopathic medicines come in different forms :

    • granules and globules that wrap the active substances in sugar and/or lactose balls that are easy to store and use. Granules are best for repeated daily use, while globules are best for a single dose;
    • Drops, which contain the active ingredients in water and alcohol and which are practical to use for mixtures. Be careful to keep them in the refrigerator for a maximum of 7 days after opening;
    • other forms : mother tinctures (concentrated forms), creams and ointments (application on the skin), suppositories and ovules (local action), powder and tablets (for active substances that are difficult to mix).

    How to choose the right dilution ?

    Each remedy has the name of the active substance, followed by its degree of dilution. A tube of APIS MELLIFICA 9 CH contains a medicine made from bee venom, diluted 9 times at a scale of 1 to 100. Depending on the clinical signs or how long they have been present, the dilution is chosen :

    • 4 CH and 5 CH for local and recent symptoms;
    • 7 CH and 9 CH for general symptoms;
    • 15 CH and 30 CH for psychic symptoms and chronic illnesses.

    How much to take ?

    With conventional medicines, the quantity and frequency of a medicine is determined by the age and weight of the patient. In homeopathy, 1, 2 or 3 granules have the same effect on a child or an adult. The important thing is not the dose ingested but the choice of the remedy and its dilution.

    How to use it well ?

    Homeopathic globules and granules are melted under the tongue. In a few minutes, the active substances pass into the bloodstream because the skin is very thin. It is much faster and more effective than going through the digestive tract by swallowing.

    Can homeopathy be taken during pregnancy or breastfeeding ?

    A pregnant or breastfeeding woman can take homeopathy without any risk. The dilutions carried out on homeopathic medicines make it possible to remove chemical and dangerous substances that are only present in trace amounts.

    Can we give homeopathy to a child ?

    Homeopathy has an undeniable benefit, unlike conventional medicines, it is free of undesirable effects. It can therefore be used by the whole family, from infants to the elderly.

    For infants, it is advisable to dilute the granules in water before giving the preparation in the bottle or to choose the preparation in drop form.

    Can I give homeopathy to an animal ?

    Dogs, cats or other animals, homeopathy has been used for more than 150 years to effectively treat our pet friends. To make it easier to take the homeopathic medicine, it is recommended to slip it into the middle of the food.

    Can I take homeopathic medicine with a conventional treatment ?

    Homeopathic medicines do not interact with other substances (alcohol, other medicines, etc.) and do not cause drowsiness, which can be dangerous when driving a vehicle.

    Thus, there are no contraindications to using a homeopathic medicine at the same time as a conventional medicine.

    Should I take it with or without meals ?

    Homeopathy is presented in the form of granules that must be placed under the tongue and sucked to act more quickly and effectively. This effectiveness is greater in a clean mouth and outside of meals.

    How long does it take to be effective ?

    The length of time to achieve the desired effect depends on the type of condition being treated. For acute conditions, the homeopathic remedy can make the symptoms disappear in a few hours or days. For chronic conditions, treatment with homeopathic medicines can reduce the intensity and frequency of symptoms over a longer period of time, such as a few weeks.

    What is the danger of homeopathy ?

    Homeopathy and homeopathic medicines are not dangerous, it is the practice of some ill-intentioned people that can be dangerous. Indeed, for no reason, homeopathy can replace the conventional treatment that is prescribed by a doctor. Nevertheless, it can accompany it within a precise framework called "complementary medicine" with the sole aim of increasing the effectiveness of conventional treatment and decreasing its side effects. The most striking example of this danger is the decision by a practitioner to prescribe homeopathy to his patient at the expense of a conventional anti-cancer treatment. This criminal practice can precipitate the unfortunate fate of patients.

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